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Real Madrid ‘really like’ 20-year-old midfielder, Atletico Madrid also interested



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Celta Vigo starlet Gabri Veiga has been one of the breakout stars of the 2022/23 La Liga and is starting to attract the interest of heavyweights such as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, according to Cadena SER.

The 20-year-old Spaniard is a product of the Celta Vigo youth academy and is enjoying a fine breakthrough campaign, transitioning to first-team football with sumptuous ease.

Having made his debut last season, Veiga has well and truly established himself as a permanent fixture in the Galician outfit’s starting XI this term, having chalked up a tally of eight goals and three assists from 24 La Liga matches this term.

Real Madrid have taken note of the youngster’s exploits this season and are seeing the midfielder as a possible Plan B if they miss out on the capture of primary midfield target Jude Bellingham.

Indeed, Los Blancos are understood to have sent scouts to watch Veiga in action and they could consider a move for the 20-year-old in case they are unable to land the signing of Bellingham, who is also being pursued by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

But, as per the aforementioned report, Atletico Madrid are also interested in signing Veiga in the summer. Los Rojiblancos will likely part ways with Saul Niguez next summer while Koke is not getting any younger either.

So, it will not be a surprise to see Diego Simeone & co. decide to dip their toes into the market for a new midfielder, with Veiga emerging as a possible option.

The 20-year-old’s contract with Celta runs until the summer of 2026 and has a release clause worth €40 million. If he continues to perform the same way as he has been so far, it would not come as a surprise to see him secure a big move come summer.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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